You have to investigate quickly once you notice signs of water leaks in your plumbing system. Leaving them unattended and undetected will not only be wasteful but also lead to corroded pipes and major damages later on. Water leaks can lead to huge and expensive problems not only to your home appliances like dishwashers, toilets, and washing machines but also to your entire home in general. If you are unsure, you can always hire a residential plumber.
Turn off the source that provides water to your home appliances, fixtures, sprinklers, and even the water hose in your garden. Once that is done, listen carefully for dripping or leaking water. If you are hearing one, be sure to find it and fix it right away.
Check The Water Meter
Another thing you need to do when it comes to detecting leaks is checking the water meter. It appears like a plastic box that is found on the ground. In case you are living in an apartment, you will find the water meter on one of the sides. If you notice the digits on the water meter are moving higher even if your home appliances and water features are turned off, then this is a sign that you have a water leak.
Use A Radar
You should use a radar if you believe that the leak is originating from the outside. The radar will assist you in finding the exact location of the leak and show you if you have a small or large leak. A radar works by sending waves that can pass through several types of material and delivers the signal back to the main machine. A specialized instrument can be utilized to perceive the radar waves sent back and through the strength of the waves as well as the time for it to return, you’ll know what kind of material the wave was able to reach.
Fill The Water Pipe With Gas
When it comes to detecting leaks, which residential plumbers Myrtle Beach are really good at, gas is an efficient tool that you can use especially in an indoor setting and if you have easy access to your water pipes. If you wish to test a certain pipe for potential leaks, you can do so by filling it up with a certain type of gas like industrial hydrogen. You will able to monitor the movement of the gas using a special device that is gas sensitive. Generally speaking, the gas will move at a high pressure so every time it detects a leak, the device will be able to locate it right away since it will find the gas leaking at the exact point where the water is leaking. Although this process is used commonly for indoor pipes, it can still be used for the pipes located outdoors. However, outdoor leads need underground pipes and in case it is too deep, the signal of the detector is going to be too weak.
Use A Geophone
How a geophone function is similar to that of a stethoscope, an instrument commonly seen used by nurses and doctors. If there is a leak, a geophone will find the leak using sound. It will then make that sound louder so you can find the sound yourself if you listen carefully for movement underground. However, if the leak is extremely large, the geophone will not be able to find it because water can leak for a very large hole without generating that much noise.
Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC if you want a professional plumber to detect and fix water leaks in your plumbing system.
Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579